Educational Travel

Journey to the Galapagos:  March 22 – 31, 2019

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Trip Overview

Tour the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador, a living museum of evolution and World Heritage site, with biologists  Catherine Woodward and Joe Meisel of the Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation.  Share the above-ground and underwater wonders of this volcanic archipelago with undergraduate students in marine biology from UW-Madison and other universities aboard 16-passenger live-aboard vessels.

Your 10-day trip begins in the capital city Quito, from where a local guide leads you on a day hike into the lush Andean cloud forest at the El Pahuma Orchid Reserve.  That evening, you’ll tour Quito’s colonial district and get to know your fellow travelers over traditional Ecuadorian food. The next morning, we fly to Galapagos and board comfortable motor-yachts for our 8-day natural history cruise. We visit new sites each day for close-up views of the islands’ unique wildlife, including Galapagos tortoises, sea lions, marine iguanas, penguins, and of course Darwin’s finches!  You’ll also be able to snorkel daily with the islands’ abundant marine life. There’s plenty of time for rest and relaxation too!

Tentative Itinerary*

Day 1:  Arrival in Quito, Ecuador – transfer to hotel
Day 2:  Optional excursions:

  • (a.m.)  Cloud forest at El Pahuma Orchid Reserve
  • (p.m.)  Quito Colonial District

Day 3:  Flight to Galapagos – Embark Yacht, Visit Bachas beach
Day 4:  Visit Isla Genovesa – Darwin Bay & El Barranco
Day 5:  Visit Isla Bartolomé & Isla Santiago
Day 6:  Visit Isla Daphne, Black Turtle Cove & Cerro Dragon
Day 7:  Visit Isla Santa Cruz – Charles Darwin Station & Highlands
Day 8:  Visit Isla Floreana – Post Office Bay, Punta Cormorant & Devil’s Crown
Day 9:  Visit Isla Española – Punta Suárez & Bahia Gardener
Day 10:  Visit Isla San Cristobal, Disembark – Flight to Quito
Day 11:  Transfer to airport – departure from Quito, Ecuador


2018 Trip Cost:  $4,100 per person – 2019 Trip Cost Coming Soon!

Original Price includes:  domestic roundtrip airfare from Quito to/from the Galapagos, three nights hotel and dinners in Quito, optional cloud forest excursion with lunch and old town tour, 8-day Galapagos cruise with all food and lodging aboard, required tourist card, and airport transfers.  Price does not include:  international airfare to Quito, any additional meals in Quito, Galapagos National Park entrance fee ($100 payable in cash upon arrival to the park), alcoholic beverages, personal items, and tips.  Subtract $75 to opt-out of cloud forest excursion, and $50 to opt out of old town tour. A 20% deposit is due upon reservation (see below).

Note: The trip cost is based on double occupancy.  This means that you will share a room in the hotel in Quito, and on the boat with one other person.

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  • We will respond via email within 48 hours to confirm whether or not space is available for everyone in your party.
  • You will also receive an invoice for a 20% deposit payable by check to Ceiba Foundation.
  • To confirm your space on the trip, please pay your deposit by the due date on the invoice (normally 10 days after invoice is sent).
  • Trip price listed above is not final until your reservation is confirmed.

You may mail us a check, or pay with a credit card online, however there is a 5% fee for this service. Ceiba is a non-profit organization and runs these trips at cost. We thank you for your understanding.

The balance is due by February 1, 2018.  You will receive final details (what to bring, where to meet, etc.) in early February.

Mailing address:

Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation
301 S. Bedford Street, Suite 7A
Madison, WI 53703

Questions?  Contact Us!

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